Alex Baboian is an Armenian/American musician, composer, teacher and writer currently living in Berlin, Germany. He has been described by music educator Hal Crook as a "future major voice in jazz" (Jazzwax) and in a review from Allaboutjazz.com as "a superb composer, an original improviser, and an apt bandleader." Alex graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2014 duel majoring in Performance and Electronic Production and Design, and being awarded the guitar department achievement award twice. He also took courses briefly at Massachusetts College of Art.
Since moving to Berlin in 2015, Alex has kept busy performing with Gabeyre Farah’s street jazz collective “The Sweet Peanuts and Friends”, live electronic duo “Schlafwagen” with Chikara Aoshima, as leader of his own jazz combos, and in various interdisciplinary situations often collaborating with live painting/projection art, silent film, spoken word, and various types of dance. Additionally, since 2014 Alex has also been a regular collaborator of beloved Armenian pianist Vahagn Hayrapetyan (Armenian Navy Band).
As the son of a jazz musician, though his music is deeply rooted in jazz, it also blossoms with many other musical influences such as blues, soul, electronic, avant-garde, 20th century classical music, and various folkloric music. He has worked extensively at venues and festivals in America, Asia, The Middle East, and Europe. Composed music and produced sound design for independent films and animations. And also had the pleasure of participating in art installation projects both in the United States and in Europe.
Alex's debut as a leader "Curiosity" was released in Fall 2014 and features his original compositions and arrangements for modern jazz trio and quintet. It has been as described by Hrayr Attarian at Allaboutjazz.com as "an intimate, contemplative and supremely lyrical work” “sonic poetry." Schlafwagen released their debut EP in October 2016.
Some of the prestigous names in contemporary music Alex has had the good fortune of studying with include Dave Tronzo, Jon Damian, Dave Fiuczynski, David Gilmore, Hal Crook, Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, Jamey Haddad, and Simon Shaheen. He also had the privilege of working with Peter Bernstein, Wayne Krantz, and Howard Alden when they were in residency at Berklee.
More of Alex's work can be found on the following sites:
A Copy of Alex’s CV is available for further information.
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